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The Young MWIA’s (yMWIA) full name is Special Interest Group for Young Female Doctors and Medical Students. It is an opportunity for the younger members of the profession to meet and discuss issues relevant to their stage in their careers. More information you will find here.

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June, 25, 2916
New June 2016 MWIA newsletter is online

June 19, 2016
Newsletter for Medical Students and Young Doctors – Issue 6 is online now
Young MWIA – ISSUE 06  (574 kB)

June 6,2016
Edith Schratzberger is new EWL president

Dr. Edith Schratzberger, MWIA´s representative to the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and also one of the key members organizing the 30th MWIA International Congress in Vienna, has just been elected as President of the European Women’s Lobby. Congratulations to Edith!

May 24, 2016
Medical students are needed for violence project
Anabel Jones, a medical student from Australia is asking for help: Medical students (of any year level/country) are needed for a research project -Exploring Medical Student Perspectives of Family Violence Education. She wants to  interview medical students about their violence education and mapping it against the WHO guidelines. More information can be found here. In case you are you are interested please contact Annabel  (e-mail:

May 15, 2016
The Swedish Women Doctor’s Society (KLF) is 100 years old
MWIA congratulates KLF to its 100th anniversary, which was founded 1916 by Karolina Widerström. Karolina was the first female doctor in Sweden and graduated in 1888. She was very engaged and involved in questions concerning social justice and women’s rights, at a time when women’s right to equal salary, to work and to vote was on the agenda.

May 9, 2016
International MWIA congress in Vienna – programme is online
ViennaOn behalf of Dr. Edith Schratzberger-Vescei and the Scientific and Organising Committee of MWIA Austria it is our pleasure to invite you all to beautiful Vienna to attend the upcoming  30th  International Congress of the Medical Women’s International Association from July 28 to 31, 2016 at the University of Vienna in Austria.

Please find the full program and further information about the MWIA Congress 2016 at the following link:

For any further questions, please d contact the organizers: or +43 800 201 208.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!

April 4, 2016
The latest MWIA March newsletter 2016 is online now!

April 2, 2016
MWIA joined the Kota Alliance
MWIA is an affiliate member of the Kota alliance now.  The Kota Alliance is a group of civil society organizations working for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

April 2, 2016
MWIA hosted a parallel event at the 60th CSW
MWIA had a parallel event “The Role of Medical Women in Sustainable Development through Elimination of Violence Against Women” with the Co–Sponsors American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and African Views  organized by our UN representatives, Dr. Satty Gill Keswani and Dr. Padmini Murthy at the 15th of March. The programme can be found here. The event was well recieved with a high attendance. The topic of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of UN women was”Women´s empowerment/Sustainable development”. See more at

March 10, 2016
Launch of Malaysian Medical Women’s Association in June
At the end of February MWIA´s president Prof. Kyung Ah Park was invited by the Malaysian Medical Association and gave a talk on “Work Life Balance” for women doctors. She met some Malaysian female opinion leaders, who informed her that a Malaysian Medical Women’s Association will be launched in June. The pciture shows Prof. Park (second left) with these opinion leaders.  That are great news and MWIA congratulates.

February 24, 2016
Donation of ultrasound machines- a MWIA success story
20 ultrasound machines and a 2 days training course for 40 doctors were provided by the  DAK foundation with support from the Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) to their partner Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) / Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) to be given to Maternal Health Program Partners in Nigeria.
“Mrs A. had an unexplained fetal death at 38 weeks in her last confirnment. In this current pregnancy, she had been very apprehensive. She came to the clinic at 39 weeks and was very worried. An USS performed using the DAK USS Machine enabled her to see her baby and the perfectly beating heart.” The picture shows Dr. Rosemary Ogu, Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, University of Port Harcourt/University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital examing patient A.
Ultra sound machines will be also sent to Afghanistan, Rwanda, Grenada, Tanzania and Ghana. MWIA as well as her partners are deeply grateful for these gifts.

February 19, 2016
30. International MWIA congress 2016 in Vienna, Austria
The date is July 28-31, 2016 with the main theme Generation Y. Registration is open as well as booking of hotel rooms. More information can be found on the conference website:

February16, 2016
Dr. Padmini Murthy to receive AMWA’s highest award, the Blackwell Medal
We are delighted to announce that  Dr. Padmini Murthy, will be the 2016 recipient of the Blackwell Medal of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). She will be receiving her award at the AMWA Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 12, 2016, during the AMWA Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida. The Elizabeth Blackwell Medal is AMWA’s highest award, and is granted annually to a woman physician who has made the most outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine. As an international leader in global women’s health and a tireless advocate for womenin medicine, Dr. Murthy is most deserving of this award.  Prof. Padmini Murthy is MWIA Rep. to the UN and Director of Global Health at the New  York Medical College. MWIA congratulates Prof. Murthy on her monumental achievement!

February 5, 2016
Here is the link to the WHO question and answer video about the Zika virus.

January 28, 2016
Second update for the MWIA Vienna congress 2016 is online now! The second update provides information on the slate of MWIA officers, voting procedures and a call for bids for the MWIA congress in 2019.

December 22, 2015
The latest MWIA December newsletter 2015 is online now!

December 16, 2015
Report on the MWIA CARC 2015 in India
The Central Asia Regional Conference of MWIA was held in Kolkota, India on 5th & 6th of December 2015. It was hosted by the West Bengal Branch of Association of Medical Women in India which was founded in 1907. The MWIA was well represented by the President Dr. Kyung Ah Park (2nd right), Past President Dr. Atsuko Heishiki (1st left), Dr. Bong O Kim, Chair Scientific Committee & Dr. Padmini Murthy, the MWIA’s Representative to United Nations. Dr. Amanda Owen came from UK. A report can be found here.
November 6, 2015
Webcast: Sex and Gender Medical Education Summit
The American Medical Women´s Association (AMWA) recently co-hosted the Sex and Gender Medical Education Summit which brought together world-renowned experts in the field of sex and gender based medicine with curriculum leaders from over 100 medical institutions. The first of its kind, this Summit was a national collaboration  dedicated to engaging educational thought leaders in creating a roadmap to integrate sex and gender based evidence into medical and inter-professional education. More Information can be found here.

Information about the Summit:
Sign up for the webcast here:  Webcasting Registration Form

October 9, 2015
New webcast: Talk with your doctor- risks and benefits of using long active reversible contraception.

This webcast has been designed in association with the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) for young women who want to learn more about the risks and benefits of using long active reversible contraception (LARC). It presents evidence-based, up to date information from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and is a starting point to learn about what to talk about with your doctor when considering long active reversible contraception devices. To watch the webcast, click here

October 7, 2015
Important new policy from WHO on HIV treatment and prophylaxis 
Since HIV affects women disproportionately in the developing world, this is a women’s health issue.
Press release:
The guidlines are found here:

October 6, 2015
The latest MWIA September newsletter 2015 is online now!

October 6, 2015
UN Millennium Development Goals 2015 – Final Assessment Report- Gender
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have remained the overarching development framework for the world for the past 15 years. The data and analysis presented in this report prove that, with targeted interventions, sound strategies, and adequate resources and political will, even the poorest countries can make dramatic and unprecedented progress. The report also acknowledges uneven achievements and shortfalls in many areas.

October 1, 2015
Empowerment of rural women and communities
The 1st edition of the WWSF Rural Women Empowerment Kit – Call to Action. is available now. Please remember that the Kit is central to the campaign “17 Days of activism 1-17 October”July 1, 2015

The latest MWIA June newsletter and MWIA March Newsletter 2015 are online now!

June 10, 2015
Nigeria outlaws FGM!
In this week’s British Medical Journal under news (BMJ 2015;350:h3010) it
was  reported that Nigeria has outlawed female genital mutilation.  According to 2014 U.N. data, a quarter of Nigerian women have undergone FGM -  the partial or total removal of external genitalia which can cause physical and psychological problems.
MWIA applauds the Nigerian government and hopes that other African countries  will follow soon!

May 16, 2015
Another Award for Padmini Murthy
Prof. Padmini Murthy, MWIA Rep. to the UN and Director of Global Health at the New  York Medical College is one of the this years winners of the UN Millennium Maker Award. She is being recognized for multiple contributions, including her service to the United Nations Medical Women’s International Association and the Committee on the Status of Women, and her work for the Council on Women’s Right of the American Public Health Association.” MWIA congratulates Prof. Murthy and is very proud!

May 4, 2015
Earthquake in Nepal- support the The American Women’s Hospital Service (AWHS) clinic in Nepal
Please help the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the American Women’s Hospitals Service support relief efforts in this time of need with a secure donation to their clinic partner in Nepal. Founded for the relief of poverty, sickness and distress, the Friendship Clinic Nepal supports nearly 50,000 villagers. AWHS currently has an AMWA student on the ground in Nepal. She has been unhurt and the clinic is unscathed. 100% of donations will go to direct support. Donations can be made at the following link:

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April 29, 2015
Earthquake in Nepal- Message of MWIA president
We, MWIA members, are deeply saddened by the current devastation in Nepal and send our condolences for the victims and families.
We will do our best to support the people of Nepal in various ways.

With warmest regards,
Prof. Kyung Ah Park

April 26th 2015
Padmini Murthy inaugural fellow of AMWA
Prof. Padmini Murthy, MWIA Rep. to the UN and Director of Global Health at the New  York Medical College was inducted as inaugural fellow of the Medical Women´s Association (AMWA) at  AMWA´s 100 th anniversary Meeting in Chicago at the 26th of April. The picture shows Prof. Murthy with MWIA president Kyung Ah Park  from South Korea. MWIA congratulates the new AMWA fellow.

March 16, 2015
MWIA Latin American Regional Conference March 2015
The MWIA Latin American Regional Conference was Held in Sao Paulo from 4 – 7 March 2015 (see pics here). Delegates from 5 countries were present: Mexico with 11 , Peru 12 , Panama with 8 , Ecuador with 9 and Brazil with approximately 40 participants.
These topics were presented at the roundtable: gender differences, empowerment of women, violence against women and a study of mental health in Brazil calling attention to the high suicide rate and drug addiction of physicians. The next Regional Conference will be held in Panama in March 2017 and will be organized by President Elect Dr. Gysella Padilla.

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March 6, 2015
Statement to political declaration 20 years after Beijing
Final Version of the Political Declaration presented by the CSW Bureau
beliefs that the Political Declaration represents a bland reaffirmation of existing commitments that fails to match the level of ambition in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and in fact threatens a major step backward. The statement in full length can be found here and was signed by 771 organizations including MWIA (No. 446).

February 28, 2015
The newsletter 5.1 of the yMWIA is online.

February 21, 2015
30. International MWIA congress 2016 in Vienna, Austria
The date is July 28-31, 2016 with the main theme Generation Y. Registration is open now as well as booking of hotel rooms. More information can be found on the conference website:

Abstracts can be submitted online now, the Deadline is 1th of November 2015

December 15, 2014
The new MWIA December newsletter is online!

November 22, 2014
Welcome South Africa to MWIA!

MWIA is proud to announce that MWA South African has launched at the 22nd of November. All 9 provinces with doctors from all generations and from various areas of medical practice were represented, including medical students. Dr Nono Simelela is the chairperson. MWASA lis looking forward to being with Medical Women regionally and in the World to advance Health for All! Download the greeting of MWIA to their launch here.

October 26th, 2014
Report on the 65rd session of the WHO regional committee for West Pa
MWIA was represented by the Philippine Medical Women’s Association led by Dr. Perla Dolera current president of the Philippine Medical Women’s Association, and Dr. Rosa Maria H. Nancho (left), PMWA representative to the MWIA.
Please download her report here

October 14th, 2014
MWIA congratulates Dr. Edith Schratzberger-Vecsei from Austria, our European MWIA representative in the of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), on her election to Vice President of the EWL.

October 12th, 2014
It is an honour and a privilege for the Medical Women’s International
Association to congratulate Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Muslim girl from Pakistan, and Kailash Satyarthi, a 60-year-old Hindu man from India, on jointly winning the Nobel Peace Prize for their “struggle against the
suppression of children and young people.”

October 4th, 2014
The latest September MWIA newsletter can be find online now.

July 21th, 2014
Communique of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
As a member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, MWIA is pleased to display the communique by the Partnership after their meeting in Johannesburg around the Newborn Action Plan, which is part of the Saving Every Woman Every Child commitment.

July 15th, 2014
MWIA contributes to Unicef handbook on adolescent health

Dr. Rosa Maria Nancho of the Philippine Medical Women’s Association is using cases from MWIA’s Training Manual on Adolescent Sexuality in a handbook developed by the Philippine Society of Adolescent Medicine for rural health units in Yolanda-stricken areas of the country. This handbook has been commissioned by UNICEF and deals with adolescent health including sexual health.? What has changed since then? What would you like to see?
If you wish to contribute please send your submissions MWIA secretary general Dr. Shelley Rosse:,  by August 1st and MWIA will send our contribution in as one group.

July 8, 2014
Statement from the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) and Medical Women’s Federation UK (MWF)

The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) and the Medical Women’s Federation UK (MWF) strongly support Amnesty International in their new campaign ‘Occupational Hazards’, focusing on the threats that many Afghan women face just doing their jobs. Please see the full statement here.

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MWIA deplores the stoning death of Farzana Parveen

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Once again women are considered a disposable commodity in so many places around the world. MWIA deplores the stoning death of Farzana Parveen in the name of tradition and honour in Pakistan. What is honourable about killing a pregnant women who married a man of her choice, thus irritating her family members who felt she should marry her cousin? MWIA is developing a Training Manual on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Children. The need for a plan to empower women who are victims of violence and provide them with the necessary resources is  made evident by this senseless killing.

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World Health Assembly in Geneva (19-24 May 2014)

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MWIA has lent its name along with WONCA to the World Medical The delegation from MWIA to the World Health Assembly consisted of MWIA’s President, Dr. Kyung Ah Park, as well as other members of the executive–Dr.Gail Beck, Dr. Shelley Ross, Dr. Christiane Pouliart, Dr. Shafika Nasser, andMWIA’s official representative to WHO, Dr. Clarissa Fabre. MWIA was delightedto have an Australian medical student and MWIA member, Ms. Allison Hempenstallaccompany the delegation. Ms. Hempenstall has written an article about gender based violence which is attached. The delegation was able to meet with a number of active staff at WHO and work on MWIA’s action plan over the next two years.
MWIA was able to add their name to the World Medical Association statement on violence along with WONCA (international family physicians). WMA is the global federation of National Medical Associations representing the millions of physicians worldwide.

The photo shows MWIA secretary general Shelley Ross, MWIA president Kyung Ah Park and MWIA WHO rep. Clarissa Fabre in Geneva (from left to right).

After prolonged deliberation and into the wee hours of Saturday the 24th of May, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children. Please see below. The statement by MWIA, WONCA and the World Medical Association was posted on the World Health Assembly website
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Article of Allsion Hempenstall

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Bring back our girls!

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MWIA speaks out strongly against the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram.

With Bejing+20 scheduled for next year, it is time to reflect on the principles outlined so many years ago in Beijing at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. In that platform for action, governments agreed that they were determined to advance the goals of equality, development and peace for all women everywhere in the interest of all humanity. The platform for action went on to say that it would ensure the full implementation of the human rights of women and of the girl child as an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Women everywhere must speak up when violations of this nature occur. Therefore, MWIA urges governments to ensure that women and girls are treated with respect and MWIA speaks strongly against the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram.
MWIA statement and UN campaign

Please sign the petition:..

Ode to The Missing Girls
Where are the girls?

With the lovely curls ,
Taken by force ,
As they became hoarse ,
Robbed of their smiles,
As they walked miles ,
Sold as slaves ??
Or captives in caves??
Lets work in teams ,
To fulfill their dreams !

(Written expressing solidarity  for the missing Nigerian Girls by Padmini ( Mini) Murthy 5/10/14)

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